Hot batting and pitching sends ISU to victory

Garrett Kroeger

All year long the ISU softball team has battled issues with inconsistency.

Scoring this year is one of the areas that has been wildly inconsistent for the Cyclones. On April 29 the scoring ability was not an issue for Iowa State as they closed out their non-conference portion of their schedule against Wisconsin-Green Bay in a double header. During the doubleheader, the Cyclones scored early and often while each Cyclone starter recorded a run and a hit.

The Iowa State scoring spree started when junior Aly Cappaert hit an RBI to bring home junior Brittany Gomez in the first inning of the first game. After that, the runs came trickling in both games of the doubleheader for the Cyclones.

Iowa State credits the early and often scoring to their mental preparation for Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“We came out aggressive,” Gomez said. “And just being able to be aggressive really helped with the early scoring production.”

Iowa State kept on rocking the Wisconsin-Green Bay pitchers as they tacked on five more runs in the first. Four of those runs however, came from freshman Kelsey McFarland as she hit her third grand slam of the season.

The scoring did not stop there as Iowa State added five more runs in the first game to beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 11-3 in six innings.

The second game of the doubleheader was a lot like the first one The Cyclones scoring early and often. This time around, instead of putting six runs up in the first inning, Iowa State put up six runs in the second. Just like the first game, the Cyclones won 11-3 in six innings against the Phoenix.

Iowa State finished the double header with 31 hits and zero errors. This marked the first time the Cyclones mustered up double digit runs since they put up 12 runs against UNI on April 2.

“I didn’t realize that we had that many hits and no errors,” said head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler. “We just made really good plays.”

Not only were the bats a blaze but pitching was another factor in Iowa State’s sweep of the doubleheader.

In the first game, senior pitcher Stacy Roggentien pitched all six innings and finished with five strikeouts. Coach Gemeinhardt-Cesler believes that Roggentien wasn’t at her best during the game.

“I don’t think she [Roggentien] had her best stuff today,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “She really fought through not being at her best and she did a really good job at that.”

Roggentien was not the only pitcher to perform well against the Phoenix. Freshman Brianna Weilbacher and sophomore Katie Johnson combined for four strikeouts in the second game.

The Cyclones look to keep the scoring spree and consistent pitching going May 1 to 3, when they get back into conference play against Texas Tech.